Coming to a Common Place
Faculty of Architecture Symposium Winnipeg, Manitoba
18 & 19 November 2014

How can indigenous values and cultural narratives inform approaches to urban design? Can such interventions in the urban environment enable indigenous peoples to reconnect with their cultural landscapes and help overcome the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in cities around the world? This symposium will address how indigenous cultures can be reflected in designed urban environments. It will ask questions about how different cultures can coexist in neighbourhoods and cities, and how diverse values and identities can shape new environments. Can Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures come to a common place?

With the Visionary (Re)Generation International Urban Design Competition, the University of Manitoba has started to develop a new plan for its Fort Garry Campus, and for a new adjacent neighbourhood. The competition brief noted the “visibility of the region’s cultural diversity and Indigenous cultures must be in explored in the design of the built environment.” Further, it drew attention to the University’s goals to be “a centre of excellence in Indigenous education, enhancing its commitment to listening, acknowledging, and affirming Indigenous voices, and becoming a place where the values of Indigenous cultures and communities are included in scholarship and research… .”

The redesign of the Fort Garry Campus presents an opportunity to explore questions and issues about Indigenous peoples and urban design, and for the University of Manitoba to provide models of planning and design that lead by example. 

Tuesday 18 November
08:30 – 09:30 Coffee, registration and time for networking (225 Architecture 2)

09:30 – 10:30 Welcome & Introduction (225 Architecture 2)
Opening prayer and welcome from  Elder Norman Meade
David Barnard, President and Vice-chancellor, University of Manitoba
Ovide Mecredi, Senior Advisor to the University of Manitoba, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
Ralph Stern, Dean, Faculty of Architecture

Introduction to the Visionary (re)Generation process
Rejeanne Dupuis, Acting Director, Office of Campus Planning
Janet Rosenberg, Janet Rosenberg & Studio

10:30 – 11:30 Opening Speaker (225 Architecture 2)

Rau Hoskins, designTRIBE, Auckland, New Zealand
‘Our faces in our places’ -The development of Māori cultural landscapes in Aotearoa - New Zealand

Rau Hoskins of design TRIBE architects and the Unitec New Zealand Department of Architecture will speak on his experiences with a range of urban design projects in the Auckland region over the last 15 years. Rau has co-developed the Te Aranga Māori Design Principles with Auckland based Iwi (Māori tribes) and since had the principles adopted by the Auckland Council as a guiding framework for maximizing urban design outcomes for the city. The Te Aranga principles are now beginning to be utilized by large scale private developers with a view to enhancing their working relationships with Iwi and ensuring distinctive design outcomes which are grounded in Iwi cultural narratives. Rau will discuss the Te Aranga principles and the potential for them to be adapted for use by other indigenous peoples so they may better see 'their faces in their places’ and as mechanism for building collaborative working relationships with local government, educational institutions and the wider design community.

As a practitioner and educator working in the field of Māori architecture Rau brings a rare combination of Māori design skills coupled with significant experience with urban design, research, Māori housing and Māori cultural, health and educational design consultancy over the last 24 years. Rau is a founding Director of design TRIBE architects (established in 1994) which specialises in the field of Maori architecture particularly within cultural / visitor, health, urban design, educational and Māori housing environments. Rau presented the award winning ‘Whare Māori’ television series focusing on traditional and contemporary Māori architecture. ( Rau is currently working on a range of urban design projects assisting with Iwi (tribal groups) and Auckland Council collaborative design processes.

11:30 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK (lunch provided for invited guests)

13:30 – 14:00 Presentations (225 Architecture 2)
Local Design Presentation #1
Ryan Gorrie, ft3 Architects, Winnipeg

Urban Design Precedents (225 Architecture 2)
Robert Galston, Carley Holt, Dan Penner, Ryan Segal (Master of City Planning students)

14:00 – 15:45 Presentations (225 Architecture 2) Moderator: Ryan Walker, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan

Local Design Presentation #2
Cheyene Thomas, Ayshkum Engineering, Winnipeg

Invited Speaker #2
Ted Jojola, University of New Mexico
Urban Indigenous -- Nothing New Here

Theodore (Ted) Jojola, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture + Planning, University of New Mexico (UNM). He is an enrolled tribal member of the Pueblo of Isleta. He is the founder of the Indigenous Design + Planning Institute and a cofounder of the Indigenous Planning Division of the American Planning Association. He is President of a non-profit foundation, The Society for the Preservation of American Indian Culture, as well as board member of other foundations including the Chamiza Foundation, Tricklock Theatre Company, the Bataan-Corregidor Foundation of New Mexico, and the Isleta Pueblo Housing Authority. Dr. Jojola teaches courses such as Indigenous Planning, Planning for Native Lands, Contemporary Indigenous Architecture, and Communication Techniques for Planning.

This talk will introduce elements of a changing urban landscape and how tribal people have always been part of this experience. It will begin by introducing historic Indigenous practices that continue to influence local development and how modern Indigenous communities are reshaping their connection to place as a result of urbanization. This context will be grounded in experiences of tribes in the American Southwest, but have relevance to evolving urban landscapes throughout the Americas.

Local Design Presentation #3
Russ Everett, Ayshkum Engineering, Winnipeg

Invited Speaker #3
Daniel Glenn, 7 Directions Architecture, Seattle, WA
Learning from Our Elders: Design with Culture, Climate and Place Local Design

Crow architect Daniel J Glenn will discuss his works for indigenous communities and his philosophy and process to generate designs which reflect climate and culture. The works he will discuss have been published in the book, New Architecture on Indigenous Lands and featured in the documentary film, Aboriginal Architecture / Living Architecture which was broadcast on CBC in Canada and PBS in the United States. He will focus on two campus projects, the Little Big Horn College on the Crow Reservation and the University of Montana's Payne Family Native American Center, in Missoula, Montana, and projects for the Navajo in Arizona and Salish tribes in Washington.

7 Directions Architects is an Indian-owned Professional Limited Liability Corporation providing full architectural, engineering and planning services. The firm is led by Daniel J. Glenn, AIA, NCARB, a licensed architect and John R. Glenn, PE, a professional engineer and attorney, both of who are from the Crow Tribe of Montana. Daniel Glenn has twenty-five years of experience in sustainable building design and is an expert in the design of contemporary Native American architecture. The firm’s work has won significant awards and recognition, including being featured in the documentary film, Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture, broadcast nationally in the United States and Canada. Currently, we are the Design Architect for the University of Montana’s Native American Center, which is designed to a LEED Gold standard and symbolically represents the twelve tribes of Montana.

Presentation #4
Destiny Seymour, Prairie Architects, Winnipeg

Discussion (30 Minutes)

15:45– 16:00 Nutrition break (225 Architecture 2)

16:00 – 17:45 Presentations (225 Architecture 2) Moderator – John Koepke, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota

Local Design Presentation #5
Dave Thomas, Ayshkum Engineering, Winnipeg

Invited Speaker #4
Tamarah Begay, Indigenous Design Studio and Architecture (IDS+A), Albuquerque, New Mexico
Past, Present, Future of Indigenous Planning

An introduction into indigenous design and planning and how it relates to the process of resilient communities. We will become aware of the processes that shape the built environment and the traditional practices and principles that guide it.

Tamarah Begay is the founder of IDS+A, a Navajo Woman Owned architectural firm. Ms. Begay is a member of the Navajo Nation and has over 10 years of experience working with Native American Tribes on public safety, judicial, education, housing projects, and her recent work for the Navajo Nation has focused on Feasibility Studies and Master Planning. She is a high-level LEED Accredited Professional experienced in incorporating current sustainable practices into her innovative planning and design work. As a founding member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers, Tamarah has long been committed to mentoring junior Native American office staff and students. Ms. Begay is an exceptionally talented visionary, uniquely driven to instill Native American cultural identity in all work that IDS+A designs.

Local Design Presentation #6
Norma Ruys, Ayshkum Engineering, Inc., Winnipeg

Invited Speaker #5
Luugigyoo Patrick Reid Stewart, Patrick R. Stewart Architect, Tzeachten First Nation British Columbia
pathway to a gathered voice

The concept of place as a location is host to the relationship of things one to another that define the sense of place or the feelings or emotions one might have about a place these are elements of place-based knowledge the concept pathway to a gathered voice [indigenous terms of reference] defines the roles and protocols for indigenous peoples and non-indigenous peoples participating in a place-based design process within a cultural context of responsibility / respect / reciprocity / relationship / redistribution / relevance / reflection there is a need for indigenous approaches to design to be addressed, because to date there is little or no coverage in architectural literature in this country including; indigenous identity with places, designs / the significance of indigenous peoples knowledges / indigenous place-based design / indigenous protocols / indigenous place-based architectural education Luugigyoo Patrick Reid Stewart is a member of the Killerwhale House of Daaxan of the Nisga’a Nation. His Nisga’a name, Luugigyoo, means “fish already in the creek”. He is an architect with 19 years of experience operating his own firm from Sto:lo Traditional Territory. He is a LEED Certified professional. He is also a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia. The working title for his dissertation is, indigenous architecture : indigenous knowledge. He has been featured in the award winning architectural film documentary, Aboriginal Architecture: Living Architecture (2005). His work is also included in the recent book, New Architecture on Indigenous Lands (2013), Joy Molnar and Frank Vodvarka (eds).

Local Design Presentation #7


17:45 – 18:30 Reception (Centre Space, Russell Building)

18:30 – 20:00 Public Roundtable Discussion (Centre Space, Russell Building)

Moderator Richard Milgrom, Department of City Planning
Introductory statements by
Tamarah Begay                   Indigenous Design Studio and Architecture, Albuquerque, NM
Daniel Glenn                        7 Directions Architects, Seattle WA
Rau Hoskins                        designTRIBE architects, Auckland, NZ
Ted Jojola                            University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Patrick Reid Stewart            Patrick R. Stewart Architect, Tzeachten First Nation, BC

Janet Rosenberg                 Janet Rosenberg & Studio, Toronto
Wayne Swanton                  Janet Rosenberg & Studio, Toronto
Antonio Gómez –Palacio    Dialog, Toronto
Ralph Stern                         Dean, Faculty of Architecture
Janice Barry                        Department of City Planning
John Koepke                       University of Minnesota
Ryan Walker                       University of Saskatchewan

Wednesday 19 November
08:30 – 09:00 Coffee, registration and time for networking (225 Architecture 2)

09:00-09:15 Opening Remarks Deborah Young, Executive Lead for Indigenous Achievement, University of Manitoba

09:15 – 10:15 Aboriginal Student Interests Report about ongoing work with aboriginal students through Migizii Agamik, Aboriginal Student Centre • Office of Campus P{Laning and Master of City Planning Students

10:15-12:00 Breakout sessions/working groups (issues to be determined)

12:00-13:00 LUNCH Reports from breakout groups.